Franklin Park Soared at Saturday’s Kite and Bike Festival

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival. Credit: Richard Heath
An institution in Franklin Park since 1968 and threatened with extinction not long ago after being evicted form its ancestral home on the golf course, The Franklin Park Kite Festival is making a comeback. The Franklin Park Coalition, collaborating with ArtRox and Bike Boston are making it a Kites and Bikes Day. Hundreds thronged the seven-acre Playstead on Saturday to fly kites, ride bikes, eat food or just chill on a fine spring day. One major improvement was the new sidewalk along Seaver Street for families and strollers and bikes to walk over from Elm Hill or Humboldt avenues and in the park from the Egleston Square entrance at Walnut Avenue.

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JP’s Nicole Freedman, Twice Director of Boston Bikes, Pedals Off to Seattle

Add Nicole Freedman's name to the list of high-level city officials who live in Jamaica Plain decamping for elsewhere. Freedman, director of Boston Bikes, announced her departure for a similar gig in Seattle on a city listserv. "I am proud of how much we have accomplished together for cycling here in Boston. Since launching we have added 92 miles of bike lanes and nearly 2,000 bike racks. We have an award winning Community Biking Program which has donated 4,015 bikes and trained 23,000 youth.

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